Isra’ Mikraj holiday last month me and my mates were bored out of our minds. We desperately needed to entertain ourselves, so we all squeezed into my tiny mobile and rode west of the country to Telisai.
Telisai is a drive-through little village that’s still got a quaint feel to it. Macam a mid-Western cowboy salon where people stopover, tie their horses, have their drink and off they trot on their horses again- except it’s not.
We’d heard that there’s this really good Kolo Mee stall that sells for a mere $2. Look for it we must. It’s located at the Gerai Telisai, a row of foodstalls right at the junction into Danau.
But this was only 3.45pm, and apparently the stall we came looking for wasn’t open yet. A bit disappointed and a lot famished (I was beginning to have visions in my mind), we decided to go across the road to the legendary Restoran Haji KK Koya. This Telisai branch looks like it’s stuck in the 70s- the floor tiles, the thick and many coats of paint on the walls and railings, the whole shizzle actually. But it was good. Good good. And the food was classic KK Koya Kuih Suji, bright orange (probably 100% tartazine) with raisins, and Apam, washed down with obligatory teh tarik.
We also just had to order KK Koya’s famous rojak- fluffy cucur udang and boiled eggs coated with heavenly sweet peanut sauce.
Well, we had to feed our demons while waiting for the Kolo Mee place to open…
Remember I said this place had the feel of a wild west stop-over? It was probably the feeling I got from our fellow patrons, a very satisfied lady slumped in her seat and some menacing-looking Road HOGs.
Raging hunger pangs tamed, and an hour gone, we decided it was now time for what we ventured out here to eat, the Kolo Mee, but they were still not open yet. Only one thing to do, drive around.
At the end of the Danau spit, we found this charming little old school kadai- even the shelves were painted wood. Very cool.
Done with the sightseeing, we headed back to the gerai…
“Kolo mee corner Salihim” it’s called.
The Kolo Mee certainly lived up to its reputation. Tasty, quick and cheap. The Kolo Mee actually looked rather ordinary, but it was how it tasted that was different. And this one was really good, and definitely well worth the wait.
Thus ends our food- and fun-filled Telisai adventure. It was an excellent spontaneous outing. Incidentally, we heard that there’s a Nasi Katok stall that sells “Nasi Katok Regular, Unleaded, and Super”. So, Telisai beckons.